Pope Francis: said he had met Lionel Messi twice in the Vatican but had never seen him play, as 25 years ago he had made a promise to the Virgin of Carmine that he would no longer watch television. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

He rises at 4am, never surfs the internet, has not watched television since 1990, reads one only newspaper – Italian daily la Repubblica – and the one(...)

The model Lily Cole who spoke at last year’s Web Summit in the RDS.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to IFA in Berlin. In Ireland, we have the Web Summit (above), which is(...)

JP Morgan, Barclays, RBS, Citigroup and UBS have been fined a total of $5.7 billion by US prosecutors and UK regulators for forex rigging. Without fundamental changes to both the internal culture of big banks and a tougher regulatory approach to targeting individual directors, there is precious little chance of preventing such scandals from reoccurring. Pgotograph: EPA

(...)-executives insulated by a web of big business and establishment connections.As for governments and regulators, they(...)

‘Algorithms may be good at crunching numbers and putting them in some kind of context, but journalists are good at asking annoying questions.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

This year, computer software will produce more than a billion stories on the web. The majority will(...)

The Keenan Systems mixer. The company develops feeding machines, which are used by thousands of farmers from Canada to China, to give their livestock the optimal mix of food. The machines are connected to the cloud allowing for a real-time feed of information

(...), animals and objects all connected to the web. Wireless sensors attached to cows’ tails can alert a farmer(...)

An airbnb floating house in London: the tech start-up is considered a unicorn as it has reached a €1 billion or more valuation. Photograph: Mikael Buck/airbnb/PA Wire

(...), sensors, and cloud capabilities has led to a wave of new web-based services that are disrupting even the(...)

‘The non-stop consumer is mobile, social and harder to impress,’ says Accenture Ireland’s head of strategy, Ryan Shanks. Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) switched providers because the service they received wasn’t up to scratch. The web is the critical arena(...)

One online campaign during the Same-sex Marriage Referendum in Ireland build-up was the #hometovote phenomenon, which had huge purchase with emigrants. In its own way, this imaginative innovation was the perfect illustration of the way in which the Yes campaign had captured public imagination and popular support. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

(...) visible on YouTube and on its web page - neither its Facebook nor Twitter sites were accessible on Friday(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

(...) face perdition. There are allowable distractions – the odd squint at the web, reading, putting on a(...)

Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

(...) most visible on YouTube and on its home web page. If the predictions of a high turnout are realised, it(...)